Nabil Sultan, Senior Vice President of Shipping at Emirates Air Cargo, the freight arm of Emirates Airlines, confirmed that the company is ready to transport the Covid 19 vaccine globally, and it will have the lion’s share of the shipping process.
Sultan added during a virtual press conference on the Internet today, Sunday, that the discussion is open with all vaccine manufacturers around the world, led by “Pfizer”, “Moderna” and “Sino Pharm”, and there are talks with more than 12 pharmaceutical companies around the world, as well as daily contact. With 6 to 7 companies to transport the vaccine, if approved.
He noted that agreements to transfer the “Covid-19” vaccine will be announced within the next two to three weeks.
Nabil Sultan said, “Emirates SkyCargo” will sign a strategic partnership with “DHL” to provide integrated logistical solutions to transport the vaccine to the last mile.
He expected the arrival of the first shipments of the vaccine to the company’s facilities in the UAE during mid-December, pointing out that the company’s responsibility is to transport and deliver the vaccine in coordination and cooperation with the producing companies.
He explained that Emirates Airlines is currently using about 130 Boeing 777 aircraft for cargo operations, including 4 “A380” aircraft, reaching about 130 stations, and that these numbers are expected to increase according to the volume of demand, indicating that the daily cargo capacity of the carrier currently reaches 5,000. Tons.
Sultan explained that the vaccine storage capacity at the “Emirates Air Cargo” vaccine center at Al Maktoum International Airport ranges from 4 to 5 thousand containers, and each container contains 100 thousand doses.
He pointed out that the company plans to increase cargo capacity by using the giant “A380” aircraft in the distribution process to meet the expected demand with the start of the vaccine distribution globally.
Nabil Sultan added that Emirates Airlines is about to submit a request to the General Civil Aviation Authority regarding an amendment to “A380” to be used in cargo operations in a way that helps increase its carrying capacity. It is expected that the airline will get a quick response in this regard.
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